The statement is as follows:
“Recently, a very private video was illegally posted on the internet and false allegations were made against me. The actions in the video were between two consenting adults and were recorded without my knowledge. I am working with Scottsdale Police Department in their investigation into charges regarding revenge p*rnography to be filed against the person who posted this video. Also, my lawyers are preparing a defamation lawsuit to be filed against this person. This person will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
I am taking this time to be with my family. I wish my bandmates the best with their upcoming tour.”
Bassist David Ellefson has deleted his Twitter account after s*xually tinged messages and explicit video footage involving the 56-year-old musician were leaked last week. Ellefson‘s Instagram account has also been set on private ever since.
Ellefson has previously issued a statement, writing:
“Dear fans and friends,
“As you may or may not know, some private and personal conversations and interactions have emerged online, disseminated with bad intentions by a third party who was not authorized to have or share them. While it is certainly embarrassing, I want to approach it as openly and honestly as possible.
“As much as it is not something I am proud of, these private and adult interactions were taken out of context and manipulated to inflict the maximum damage to my reputation, my career and my family ”.
“The other party involved made a statement that you can see below. I thank you for doing this and I hope this clarifies that the situation was not as presented.
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